Healthy Ideas for Lunch Boxes and After-School Snacks

What your kids eat could affect their health and their performances in school.

Are the lunches and snacks your pack for your kids helping or hindering them? If they are mostly getting junk food in their lunch boxes, they will find themselves fatigued, unfocused, and even sickly as the afternoon and evening trudges on. Give them a healthy pick-me-up instead. Try these healthy ideas out and see what works best in your family.

Lunch Ideas

  • Sandwiches – Replace white bread with whole wheat, iceberg lettuce with darker greens, and processed lunch meats with organic turkey, fish, or chicken.
  • Salads – Kids not thrilled with salad? Allow them to sample several dressings to find one they love. A good dressing can turn a lackluster bowl of lettuce into a favorite that never gets old.
  • Pizza – You can transform this former junk food into a healthy delight. Use a whole wheat crust, low-fat cheese, and a ton of veggies.

Snack Ideas

  • A fruit bowl – When your child is begging for a pre-dinner cookie, a snack of fresh fruit may satisfy that sweet tooth.
  • Nuts – Even a small handful can keep your children full and satisfied until dinner. Mix in some raisins or other dried fruit to liven the snack up.
  • Veggies and dip – Carrots, celery, and broccoli make a great snack for kids, as long as they can dip it in something fun, like hummus, pimento cheese, or ranch dressing.

Looking for more lunch and snack ideas? You can always find nutritious recipes and other health resources at our website. If you need a physician referral, give us a call at 1-855-868-6262.

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